Lexie Lexie's Comments (member since Oct 12, 2008)

Lexie's comments from the Study Buddies group.

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Picture books (15 new)
Oct 19, 2008 10:25PM

8632 ah! I forgot a book that my grandfather read to me as a child each October that recently got a deluxe edition of itself:
The Halloween Tree by Ray BradburyThe Halloween Tree

My paternal grandfather would sit me down the week before Halloween and each night he'd read me more of the story so that come Halloween Night, when I'd be dressed 'the cutest evil witch ever' (as he said) I'd be properly prepared to meet with Monshroud. He apparently had started the tradition with my older cousins, but none of them were as rivted by it as I was and begged to hear it again and again. I remember watching the animated version of it for the first time and feeling sad that granddad couldn't see it with me (he died in 1991, 3 years before the movie came out). I hope to afford this deluxe edition sometime before I have kids or my boyfriend's nephew Quinn grows too old for such things (he's 1 now, so I have time yet).
Introductions (80 new)
Oct 19, 2008 10:19PM

8632 Alethea--I keep hoping they'll come out with a Bachelor's in popular culture academic studies, but they haven't. I could go for anthropology or a few social studies or some branch of psychology/psychiatry or even media studies...but they don't really discuss what I adore most (I could literally talk all day about the heroic monomyth of Buffy or how Xena paved the way for the 'strong female' hero for many of tv's shows, but sadly they don't give degrees for that).

Luckily I do however have interest in the law and research so Paralegal Studies fits me as well as any other job. At least until I convince the CIA that I would be the best asset they could ask for (soon as I figure out why).
Introductions (80 new)
Oct 19, 2008 09:18PM

8632 Hii everyone!

My name is Lexie (or Alexandra, or Alex...or well I have a ton of nicknames. depends on the group of people talking to me!), I'm 24 years old, currently...sort of between jobs (its a long story, but my old job seems a little desperate to get me back. apparently after suggesting it might be better if I left the daycare center for my schooling, parents have been flooding them with questions as to when I'm due back since many of them had counted on me helping to transition their kids to Toddlers--where I worked--from Infants. its all rather flattering since I didn't know the infant teachers had been reassuring the infant parents that I visit with the infants daily and have built a rapport with most of them and that the parents appreciated it!), working towards a Paralegal degree (practical before fanciful degrees my dad said...) and just moved into a house. A stand alone house, which I've not lived in since I was about 4 years old.

Its my grandma's old house, my dad and his older brother bought it and we're refurbing the entire place. Basically all we've kept is the structure. New paint, new fixtures, new kitchen, all new bathrooms, basement is finished off (that's where I will live--the Den of Doom XD), new studies...Its been exciting, loud and interesting.

i write (i suspect most book lovers do), but have no real ambitions for it until I can stabilize a career and look after myself (and my dad when he retires. he's too old to work 70 hour work weeks plus get his master's plus put up with the family stuff).

I read a lot and my bedroom will be much more in line with a library then a bedroom once all is said and done. The thought of packing books away gives me twitches. I tend to like books over people truth be told and have been well known to voice that favoritism to any unlucky soul who happens upon me reading.
Oct 19, 2008 09:03PM

8632 Maria you make it very easy to be so supportive! :)

I have to get to work on the the Storm keychain, though I'll wait till I see the cover colors for all three (i've honed up on my beading, so it might be a bit more fancy then the first one...though I found this perfect pendant bead for the Study books...)
Picture books (15 new)
Oct 19, 2008 08:18PM

8632 Alethea, did you read the second book (to Knuffle Bunny I mean)? Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity

I mentioned somewhere, but the Pigeon Books I love!
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!, Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!, The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too!, The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! and The Pigeon Loves Things That Go! are the six currently out (and I own myself a pretty Pigeon PLushie that the kids at the center got for me). The kids in my class especially loved 'Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late' because they got to holler 'NOOOO' at the Pigeon all the time.

I'm also a big fan of the Doreen Cronin books! Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, Giggle Giggle Quack, Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spider, Diary of a Fly, etc etc...Doreen Cronin to see a full list. Clik Clak Moo is a particulary favorite of mine because of how the the cows get one over on the farmer XD
Oct 19, 2008 01:43PM

8632 XD aw Tracy you mean I can't transcribe it word for word for y'all? maaaan take all the fun out...
8632 Alethea--I had similiar issues with Blue Bloods. My sister had me read it--cause she loved it so much--but I was just sort of like 'Its been a week and I'm only two chapters in?'

Scott Westerfield's Uglies,Pretties and Specials were all varying degrees of enjoyable. I think I liked Uglies the best, because the concept was so new sounding to me. Pretties and Specials expanded upon the concept, but took away some of the mystery and interest for me.

8632 Kim, you think if we harassemail the reviewer she might clue us in? Maybe stop by the boards here and discuss with us?
Oct 18, 2008 07:38AM

8632 Congrats to everyone! I have to say this group is so much fun to be a part of so let's keep up all the posts!!
Oct 17, 2008 10:12PM

8632 Bleh can you imagine if Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Matt Damon were cast over and over and over again? I'm a fan of Matt Damon but there are just some roles he is never meant to play and some roles he does really well (I think he's a marvelous Jason Bourne, but his comedy needs serious work).

Oct 17, 2008 10:06PM

8632 Lol at least your brother helped you--after Matt saw how many boxes there were (96) for my books he flat out refused to help me move them. Had to bribe my younger cousin Anthony to help me load them all and move them over...
Oct 17, 2008 08:50PM

8632 I'm only five foot Tina, so I'm still pretty much able to sit on a 12 year old's bed if I was really so inclined. Well before we moved I slept curled on the hard wood floor of my bedroom because the thought of my books being in piles on the floor horrified me to the point of stress attacks so I gave up my bed to my books ::shrugs::
Oct 17, 2008 08:39PM

8632 To be honest the first time I read the book I somehow missed that the poison wasn't really a poison so at the end of the novel when no one made mention of Valek handing over antidote to Yelena while she's in Sitia I was like 'WAIT! This makes no sense!' so I had to re-read XD

From my experiences I would have been hurt and angry. I tend to forget that circumstances (and feelings)change so what may have been True then wasn't necessarily True now.

But taking it from Yelena's perspective--she knew how fantaticallyloyal Valek was to the Commander and his safety and when he met her he knew nothing about her except that she had murdered her benefactor's son brutally. On paper there was nothing at all to make him believe she was trustable. So she understood his precaution and forgave him (I believe she even sort of admits on paper she sounds horrible).
Dictatorship (16 new)
Oct 17, 2008 08:33PM

8632 I've always been a fan of uniforms, but ironically enough it wasn't mandatory at my school.

In school you're taught 'dictatorship=bad bad bad' because the dictators in history (Castro or Hitler for instance) were men who abused their power and brought nothing but misery, death and awfulness to their people. The Commander's dictatorship by contrast is what could be achieved through such governing. An idealistic dictatorship if you like.

He rewards the hardworkers, the gaps between wealth, middle class and the poor are barely evident (and those who are wealthy are wealthy because they worked hard to earn it, not because they knew the right people or was born into it), unemployment is non-existant, crime is a very low rate and general population morale is moderately content for the most part. That's all in favor of it.

Unfortunately the straight Black and white scope of the laws is what led to a person like Brazell being able to commit the crimes he did for as long as he did. He did the paperwork, had a front for his child gathering ways (he's a Philantropist! He gives these orphaned children homes and love!), did the pretty when the Council met and wormed his way up the ladder of trust because he was a hardworker at being deceitful and cunning.

As for suppressing indviduality...I suppose so, but when the opposite extreme was their life before when the wealthy wore silks and the poor wore sacks, I'm guessing its a hit they were all right with taking.
8632 See now I wonder if the reviewer read Book 3 when Yelena finds out why the Commander has two very distinct gender-different personalities. Did she think it was a cop-out? Did she feel beatrayed by what she thought was powerful character direction and focus?

I honestly didn't even think about the Commander being a male in a female's body (or vice versa). The Commander was the Commander, he didn't indulge in fits of girlish coyness, lament being the way he is or regret it (well maybe minutely, and only to the point of that if the secret got out it would blow up). He obviously had a 'soft'ish side and held great affection for those he trusted implicitly (which I'm guessing was only Valek and Yelena seemed on her way), but he wasn't having fits of vapors or long drawn out monolouges about it.

Even as Ambassador SigornSigne he was a strong force that didnt' deal in whining or flirtation.

Suzann--when you say his body transforms by magic, do you mean at his birth that happened or do you mean from Ambrose to Signe? I know Yelena said that if she didn't already know she wouldn't guess, but did she mean his facial features or complete body?

i often wonder at why Valek doesn't realize. I guess Ambrose introduced his 'cousin' early on in their relationship and the family resemblence is remarkable of course.
Oct 17, 2008 07:52AM

8632 Well my dad said if I absolutely NEED to I can put a bookshelf or two inside the lounge (that's also in the basement), but then its no good for me because when I want to reorganize my books (which I do on a monthly basis) I'll have to cart them in and out of the lounge area too.

I told him I just want a futon mattress and some pillows but noooo I don't know what's good for me
Oct 17, 2008 06:56AM

8632 Kristen--my room is gonna be 12'x19' when all is said and done, gonna need to be rid of a dresser in order to fit all my bookcases in there still!
8632 XD Alethea let me tell you how happy I am that I marked all those books above then. I had a half hour of nothing to do at the time, but oiy the patience! I fall in and out of patience much too easily.
Oct 17, 2008 12:45AM

8632 I do believe our tastes are not of the norm Alethea :)
What is Criollo? (125 new)
Oct 17, 2008 12:44AM

8632 Oddly enough Liz I think I do have a chocolate soup recipe...shortly after the movie Chocolat came out (and after I read the book...I need that sequel come to think!) I was chocolate-mad. Still get that way anytime I watch it. Anyhow I won't make promises till I unearth my cookbooks from the move!

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